Gites in Lot Aveyron Lozère & Ardèche

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Holiday cottages in the
south of the Massif Central 

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Cottages and gites from the Lot to the Ardèche

  Lot, Aveyron, Lozère and Ardèche
south massif central

The southern fringe of the Massif Central 

On this page:  Lot (46) , Aveyron (12) , Lozère (48)  and Ardèche (07):
Main towns & cities: Cahors, Rodez, Millau, Mende, Privas

For the rest of the Massif Central see Auvergne & Limousin gites

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Full list of gites listed by department (departments in random order)

Gites in Lot

Gites in the Aveyron

Gites in Ardèche

Gites in Lozère

Sorry, we currently do not have any gites in the Lozère.

See also: ► Bed and Breakfast in the Massif Central

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Auvergne, Limousin and the main part of the Massif Central
Includes the following French departments / comprend les départements suivants:
Auvergne: 03 Allier, 15 Cantal, 43 Haute Loire, 63 Puy de Dome
Limousin: 19 Corrèze, 23 Creuse, 87 Haute Vienne
Other departments: 42 Loire,

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Photos - Top of page: on the Aveyron-Lozère border. Above: in the Lot

The departments of Lot, Aveyron, Lozère and Ardèche form the southern edge of the Massif Central uplands.

The four departments of the southern Massif Central, the LALA fringe, constitute one of the wildest and most sparsely populated areas of France. The region stretching from the Lot in the west,  through Averyron and Lozère in the middle, to the Ardèche in the east forms the rather arid southern part of the Massif Central. While the Lot and the western Aveyron, in the west, bordering on the gentle countryside of southwest France, are milder and greener areas, the limestone highlands, stretching from the Aveyron through the Lozère and to the Ardèche, offer a wild landscape, where the bedrock is seldom far below the surface. In the past, agriculture in this region was very poor, and the arid steppes of the area known as the "Causses" supported little more than subsistance farming and the rearing of sheep. Perhaps the most famous product of the area is Roquefort, the celebrated blue cheese made from ewe's milk.
   On the upland marches of three departments, the Aveyron, the Cantal and the Lozère, and three regions the Midi-Pyrenees, the Auvergne and the Languedoc, the Aubrac plateau is an upland area of forests and open prairies, famed for its cattle.
    Over large areas, the land is covered by scrub and woodland, and the region is penetrated by deep river gorges, notably the "Ardèche gorges" and the "Tarn gorges" in the Aveyron and Lozère, the most spectacular canyon in France. The pilgrimage village of Rocamadour, in the Quercy, is one of the most visited sites in France. Until the opening of the A75 motorway with its celebrated "Tarn viaduct", the highest bridge in Europe, the region suffered from serious problems of accessibility. But today access is no problem.
     There is not a lot of holiday accommodation in this area: most of the gites and cottages are geared for people wanting to relax well away from the stresses of city life, or enjoy outdoor pursuits in the wide open spaces of the uplands.

Driving times:
from Calais or Lille: 9 to 12 hours under normal driving conditions, depending on destination.
Limoges, Lyon, Rodez, St Etienne.
Airlines serving this region: Flybe  Jet2 Easyjet

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